By Leonard Finkel
Roger Fredericks, innovative golf instructor and renowned fitness expert, has joined the staff at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa to create a curriculum of golf swing analysis and flexibility programs, seminars and workshops for the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute (GPI).
Fredericks, an original pioneer of the golf fitness movement, brings cutting-edge training elements into GPI’s holistic instructional program, with a focus on improving golfers’ flexibility and posture.
“You can’t play consistent golf with poor flexibility and/or bad posture,” says Fredericks, who has worked with thousands of golfers, including more than 70 PGA TOUR players, seven members of the Hall of Fame and each of golf’s “Big Three” – Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer. “By far, the most neglected aspect of golf instruction is analyzing an individual’s flexibility and posture and explaining to them how their lack of flexibility is directly contributing to their golf swing faults.”
The “Golf Swing Analysis and Flex Program” includes a golf lesson at the GPI practice facility plus a flexibility and gait analysis. Fredericks then breaks down each golfer’s swing based on flexibility limitations and creates a personalized flexibility program for each student.
The mission of the Omni La Costa Golf Performance Institute is to fuel golfers’ passions for the game in a variety of ways, help them play better and have more fun. The GPI uses numerous different disciplines to address the needs of each individual golfer.
Fredericks has helped legions of golfers and non-golfers, both on and off the course, with his golf instruction, flexibility and posture techniques. His newest infomercial, The Posture System, which also features football legend Joe Theismann, is beginning to air nationwide.
In addition to being Arnold Palmer’s personal coach for many years – along with 14 Hall of Fame athletes and coaches from other sports — Fredericks has studied physiology and biomechanics with the leaders in the sports medicine industry.
“We have created some exciting programs at Omni La Costa,” Fredericks said. “It is an ideal setting and I’m excited to join forces with AJ Avoli and creating some great programs combining my fitness programs with the GPI state of the art technology. La Costa is obviously a first-class facility – rich in tradition of fitness and golf. Our programs are a perfect fit.”
Leonard Finkel is the author of The Secrets to the Game of Golf & Life and former editor in chief of Golf Journeys Magazine. His work has been featured in almost 200 publications including Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Golf Illustrated, Golf Tips and Player Magazine. He has written more than a dozen cover stories for Golf Today Magazine. He has written extensively about golf and travel and has added poker to his writing repertoire. Finkel also works as a marketing and public relations consultant. His specialty niche is writing advertorial copy. Prior to his career in golf, Finkel owned a chain of retail stores and a consulting and import company based in Asia. He attended the University of Utah.